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Time is running out to snag these deals before the holidays

You’ll get the savings now, even if the gifts don’t arrive on time

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Animal Crossing: New Horizons for the Nintendo Switch offers some much-needed joy.

The holidays are upon us, and we’re just about to enter crunch time for gift-getting. If you haven’t made your selections, it’s possible that gifts might not get where they need to go on time — unless you pay for rush shipping or you take advantage of curbside pickup services. I know that’s a lot of pressure, but if you’re ready to make a few purchases for tech fans in your life, we have a few last-minute suggestions that also happen to be good deals. Depending on the retailer, these might not arrive in time for the holidays, but it’s the thought that counts, right? You’ve got this!

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Google’s latest Pixel Buds wireless earbuds rarely see a discount, but they’re $35 off at online store Antonline. Normally $179, they’re $144 when you enter the code antfarm at checkout. This deal is available until December 20th.

A woman wearing headphones and a mask Photo by Chris Welch / The Verge

Sony’s ever-popular WH-1000XM4 wireless, noise-canceling headphones are $278 at several retailers, which is the same $72 discount we’ve seen pop up a few times this season. Normally $349, they’re a solid option if you want high-end sound and effective noise cancellation.

Apple’s AirPods Pro are still selling for a great price at Woot. $190 is the best price heading into the holidays.

The most affordable model is the Echo Show 5, which is just $45 at a few retailers. If you want a bigger display and better sound performance, check out the Echo Show 8 for $80. Amazon’s Echo Show 8 smart display just got Zoom support, so you can easily boot up a video call with family over the holidays.

Giving your home Wi-Fi signal a boost is never a bad idea. If you or a loved one has a one-router setup that just isn’t cutting it with the work-from-home lifestyle that the pandemic has forced us into, check out this deal on a three-pack of Eero 6 mesh Wi-Fi routers. Normally $279, you can get them for $223 at Best Buy and Amazon.

If you’re new to the Nintendo Switch and are in need of some games, a few of the best are discounted, including Pokémon Sword and Shield, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

  • $50
  • $60
  • 17% off

The latest Animal Crossing game came at a time when many of us needed it most. This sim has been a popular choice to play during the pandemic because it provides a necessary escape. Animal Crossing: New Horizons lets you go outside and enjoy life with neighbors, pick some flowers, catch a few bugs, and just relish the moment.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons lets you build and grow your own persistent island and eventually handle the overall welfare of the cast of characters that will call your island their home. By harvesting resources and trading with other islands, you’ll slowly turn the vacant island into something truly unique. Read our review.

Super Smash Bros

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

  • $50
  • $60
  • 17% off

Nintendo’s latest brawler pits beloved characters from the company’s franchises (as well as plenty from outside of Nintendo’s own realms) against one another. While the high skill ceiling for this long-standing fighting franchise can be intimidating to newcomers, sucker-punching your foes as Jigglypuff has an almost universal appeal.

Since the game’s debut, the roster of fighters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has also expanded to include a massive list of 74 characters. Everyone from Solid Snake to Samus is here, and even lesser-known characters make an appearance (ahem, Wii Fit Trainer). Regardless of your level of skill, though, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the most fun you can have while battling your friends for bragging rights. Read our review.